March 14, 2016 – City of Hope’s Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council will honor Eli Khouri of Equity Office with its 2016 Spirit of Life® Award. The Spirit of Life® Award is City of Hope’s most prestigious philanthropic honor, presented annually to an industry leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and altruistic achievement. City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
Khouri will receive The Spirit of Life® Award on Wednesday, May 18th at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Over 800 real estate & construction professionals are expected to attend and help raise $1 Million. Cornerstone sponsors include Blackstone Realty, Eastdil Secured, Ellis Partners, Equity Office, and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank West Coast Capital Markets. Premier sponsors are Deutsche Bank, Columbia Property Trust, Plant Construction Company, LP, and TMG Partners. Gold sponsors are Jay Paul Company and Webcor Builders. For a full list of attendees and information about purchasing sponsorships, visit www.cityofhope.org/ncrec-spirit.
Khouri reflected on being recognized at this year’s event: “On behalf of our real estate community, I am honored to carry the baton this year to lead our industry’s long-running and unwavering support of City of Hope, to advance their world-leading efforts in critical medical research and unsurpassed compassionate patient care.”
One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Its lifesaving research and treatment advances improve the lives of people around the nation, and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology pioneered at City of Hope. Further, its commitment to compassionate patient care and its approach to individualized treatment are considered models for supportive care in the United States.
Eli Khouri serves as the president and chief executive officer of Equity Office, an affiliate of the Blackstone Group and one of the nation’s largest office real estate owners and operators. Khouri was appointed to this role in September 2015, and oversees the strategic direction of the company as well as all day to day operations. The Equity Office portfolio encompasses approximately 58 million square feet of Class A office space throughout the U.S., and is rich with signature properties in the nation’s leading gateway markets.
Prior to this, Khouri was Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Kilroy Realty, and was responsible for the performance of the Company’s investment activities and capital allocations including acquisitions, development, redevelopment and dispositions. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1982.
About City of Hope’s Real Estate & Construction Council
The Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council (REC) is comprised of developers, brokers, contractors, building owners, engineers, architects and consultants who advocate on behalf of a single philanthropic goal: supporting the lifesaving treatment and compassionate care of City of Hope. To date, the REC has raised nearly $8 million for City of Hope, making this industry alliance one of the premier fundraising groups in the region.
The group’s history began in 1987, when a banquet was arranged by a group of real estate and construction industry leaders in honor of Dan Costello, Bank of America’s former Executive Vice President, Corporate Real Estate Division. That event raised over $100,000 for City of Hope, and inspired a tradition of philanthropic excellence among members of the real estate and construction community. Previous honorees include Andy Ball, Carol Bartz, Kofi Bonner, Michael Covarrubias, Oz Erickson, Rick Holliday, Sean Jeffries, Rik Kunnath, Chris Meany, Hamid Moghadam, Constance B. Moore, Larry Pace, and Ron Zeff.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.